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2006-01-15 21:28:13

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Socialist Michelle Bachelet, a separated mother and former political exile, won elections on Sunday to become the first female president in socially conservative Chile with a victory that underscores the left's growing hold on Latin America. With almost all votes counted, Bachelet, from Chile's ruling center-left coalition, had 53 percent versus 47 percent for opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera, the government Electoral Service said....

2006-01-15 18:20:47

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Socialist Michelle Bachelet was elected Chile's first woman president on Sunday, consolidating the growing strength of the left in Latin America. Bachelet, from Chile's ruling center-left coalition, took 53.51 percent of the vote while opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera had 46.48 percent, based on a count of 97.52 percent of polling stations, the government Electoral Service said. "I want to congratulate Michelle Bachelet for her...

2006-01-15 16:47:12

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet was on her way to becoming Chile's first woman president on Sunday, taking more than half of the vote with two-thirds of polling stations counted. Bachelet, the socialist candidate for Chile's ruling center-left coalition, had 53.22 percent of the votes, based on a tally of 67 percent of polling stations, the government Electoral Service said. Sebastian Pinera, the billionaire, moderate candidate from a rightist alliance...

2006-01-15 16:26:37

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chileans voted for a new president on Sunday and were expected to elect the South American country's first woman leader, a socialist who is seen beating a moderate conservative billionaire. Three major media outlets projected Michelle Bachelet, a medical doctor and former defense minister, would win with 53 percent of the vote, shortly before the first official vote count was due around 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. EST). Bio Bio radio and...

2006-01-15 09:21:54

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chileans began voting for a new president on Sunday and are expected to elect the South American country's first woman leader, a socialist who leads a moderate conservative billionaire in opinion polls. Michelle Bachelet, a medical doctor and former defense minister who was imprisoned and tortured early in the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, has a 5-point lead over opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera, the latest poll showed. If...

2006-01-14 23:27:57

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chileans go to the polls on Sunday and are expected to elect the South American country's first female president, a socialist who is leading in the race against a moderate conservative billionaire. Michelle Bachelet, a medical doctor and former defense minister who was imprisoned and tortured early in the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, has a 5-point lead over opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera, the latest poll showed. Chile has...

2006-01-12 09:18:59

By Rodrigo Martinez SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Socialist Michelle Bachelet is likely to be elected Chile's first woman president, beating out her rightist rival by at least 5 percentage points, a new poll said on Thursday. In the survey by Market Opinion Research International, MORI, 45 percent of those polled said they would vote for Bachelet in Sunday's election, and 40 percent said they would vote for billionaire Sebastian Pinera, candidate for the rightist alliance. The...

2006-01-11 12:09:48

By Pav Jordan SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A torture victim in the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, a former defense minister and a medical doctor, Michelle Bachelet has parlayed her ability to connect with voters into becoming the favorite to lead Chile as its next president. In a campaign that saw her lead narrow and then widen again, Bachelet has remained the front-runner in the race to Sunday's elections, and is likely to become the first woman to lead the South American country....

2006-01-07 11:43:39

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Socialist Michelle Bachelet was widely favored in a poll on Saturday to become Chile's first woman president in an election next week, although a large bloc of undecided voters could still swing the vote. The poll showed Bachelet with 41 percent of the vote and rightist candidate and billionaire Sebastian Pinera with 29.7 percent. The poll in the La Tercera newspaper and conducted by DataVoz said 12.9 percent of voters were undecided and 9.2 percent did not...

2005-12-12 03:37:19

By Pav Jordan SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chilean socialist Michelle Bachelet faces a tight race to become the first woman president of Latin America's star economy in a run-off vote in January, when she will face a reunited rightist alliance. Bachelet, from the center-left coalition that has ruled Chile since the end of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in 1990, failed to win more than 50 percent support in elections on Sunday, forcing a second-round vote against conservative...


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